Al Auster reviews Édouard Molinaro's film of the play La Cage aux Folles and Martin Sherman's play Bent, two recent gay-themed productions showing in New York City.
|Jane Fonda on Vietnam|
Jane Fonda speaks at the University of California in Berkeley on January 29, 1973. She gives an anti-war speech at a rally for Pat Chenoweth, a soldier facing charges of mutiny in Vietnam. The tape is courtesy of the Chenoweth Defense Committee. She speaks about the Mekong Delta, Nixon's role, and the resilience and strength of the Vietnamese. Fonda reads a few excerpts from one of the chief negotiators of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam in Paris which talks about the n...
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|Embers / Samuel Beckett|
Samuel Beckett's radio play Embers directed by Ira Wall and with performances by Stacy Keach and Sudie Bond.
|The poetry of madness (part 1 of 2)|
The second of two symposia sponsored by the Esalen Institute on the value of psychotic experience, entitled "The Poetry of Madness", recorded July 31, 1968 at the Longshoremen's Memorial Hall in San Francisco. Panelists are John Perry, a San Francisco-based psychiatrist; Claudio Naranjo, a psychiatrist from Chile; Allen Ginsberg, poet; and Alan Watts, philosopher and writer; discussion is moderated by Julian Silverman, general manager of the Esalen Institute...
|Grendel : chapters 1 and 3 / by John Gardner ; read by Don Sortor.|
Don Sortor reads chapters 1 and 3 of Grendel, John Gardner's 1971 re-telling of Beowulf from the monster's point of view. (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1971). Chapter 1 begins at start of tape. Chapter 3 begins at 00:16:12. This recording does not have Erik Bauersfeld intro.
|Woody Allen on oral sex and the president|
Writer-director Woody Allen (1935 - ) discusses the difference between intercourse and oral sex and President Clinton. Excerpt from longer interview.
|Big Mama Thornton live at the Museum of Modern Art|
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton and her "Hound Dog Blues Band" perform at the Museum of Modern Art's "Jazz in the Garden" series on July 22, 1971. The first eight minutes of the recording are a warm-up by Thornton's backing band. David Giorgio introduces Thornton and her band. On this portion of the tape she performs "Mother-in-Law Blues"; "Rock Me Baby"; "Shake, Rattle and Roll"; "Hound Dog"; and "Swing on Home, Big Mama".
|New Orleans Jazz Festival : Balfa Brothers|
An absolutely authentic white cajun band from the Bayou Country plays a set of folk music. The Balfas holler and let you know they enjoy what they do. The band is made up of two fiddles, two guitars, an accordion, and a triangle. The recording fades with "Mardi Gras Jig."
34 year-old American bass opera singer Elfego Esparza, born in Texas, discusses his opera training and career. He began singing at the age of 17. After being advised to train in Europe, he went to Germany to study, then returned to the United States to further his training. He has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera Company, and several opera houses throughout Europe.
|The harder they come|
"The Harder They Come" is a criminal film produced by Perry Henzell starring Jimmy Cliff and was filmed in Jamaica in 1972. The film tends to defy classification and provides insights to the black Jamaica, not tourist Jamaica. The main character, Ivan, goes to Kingston to find fame but finds himself in difficult situations. This film's soundtrack played an important role in popularizing reggae in the United States...
|Andy Warhol : a hemi-semi-happening|
Cal Green of WBAI's The Critical People talks to artist Andy Warhol about his film Chelsea Girls. Henry Geldzahler, associate curator of American painting and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paul Morrissey, film critic and director, and International Velvet and Ingrid Superstar, two of Andy Warhol's "Factory girls" join them in the studio. Green and guests discuss how Chelsea Girls is different from Warhol's previous films and chat about other filmmakers and artists such as Jack Smi...
|The young lesbian|
Barbara Gittings and Charles Pitts talk with two young lesbians, Donna and Kathy. They talk about how young lesbians can enter the lesbian social world, the link between physical and emotional attraction between women, what high school is like for young lesbians, and the lack of lesbian establishments in NYC. Gittings gives out contact info for homophile organizations at the end of the program. News and reviews edited out of program.
Bob Alexander interviews the Ramones at WBAI. The band discusses their recent tour and take listener phone calls. One caller asks "What does 'Gabba Gabba Hey' mean?" and "Why do all of your songs have the same beat?"
|The loudest voice / Grace Paley|
The Shakespeare Liberation Front reads Grace Paley's short story "The Loudest Voice." Cast includes Deborah Zane, Don Robbins, Sally Francis, Steven Eldridge, Christine Stevens, and Richard Mann. Live music by the Shakespeare Liberation Front Singers with Don Robbins on piano. Adapted for radio and directed by Jeffrey Shandler and Don Robbins. Produced by Claude Eth[sp?]. Live sound effects by Richard Mann...
|Interview with Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flamin' Groovies|
WBAI's Karen Berg interviews Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney, the chief songwriters of American rock band The Flamin' Groovies. They talk about the economics of being in a rock band, including the cost of equipment and the inevitability of getting ripped off. Jordan and Loney also discuss the origins of the band's name and some of their memorable gigs.Contains sensitive language.
|Mel Brooks interview / produced by Barbara Cady.|
Comedian, writer and filmmaker Mel Brooks discusses his life and career. He talks about how all Indians are Jews, losing his New York Jewish accent and his new movie Young Frankenstein. Brooks offers his thoughts on obscene language, responds to people who don't like his comedies, and explains his own dislike of topical humor.
|The poetry of madness (part 2 of 2)|
The second of two symposia sponsored by the Esalen Institute on the value of psychotic experience, entitled "The Poetry of Madness", recorded July 31, 1968 at the Longshoremen's Memorial Hall in San Francisco. Question-and-answer session with audience. Panelists discuss the philosophy of George Gurdjieff, whether there's been any success in treating chronic schizophrenics, Scientology, whether anyone's proven that reality exists, "re-educating old ideas versus assassinating them", how to use poe...
|Canadian songwriters / Kate and Anna McGarrigle|
Edward Haber interviews Canadian singer-songwriters Kate (1946-2010) and Anna McGarrigle (1944 - ) at a coffee shop near Carnegie Hall on February 2, 1980. They talk about their upcoming release, French Record, which is sung entirely in French, the difference in folk music styles between French Canada and other countries, and singing in French to English audiences. Interview is interwoven with some of their recordings.
|Lesbian nation / Jill Johnston|
KPFK's Barbara Cady and Los Angeles Free Press reporter Helen Koblin interview Jill Johnston, Village Voice columnist and author of Lesbian Nation. Johnston explains her views of lesbianism as the only true radical feminist position. She discusses the purported link between lesbianism and madness, her relationship with her children, and whether the lesbian feminist struggle is equivalent to the oppression of Third World peoples.
|Les guérillères / by Monique Wittig.|
A radio adaptation of Monique Wittig's surrealistic drama about militant feminist consciousness transformed into action. The play imagines a literal battle of the sexes in which women, having taken up arms, triumph against an army of men. Contains recorded music. Adapted from an English translation of Les guérillères, trans. David Le Vay (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1971).
|Progressive architecture : Christopher Alexander / interviewed by Greg Saatkamp (part 1 of 2)|
Christopher Alexander, a world-renowned progressive architect, discusses the directions of contemporary design at his home in Berkeley. His talk discusses the need for architects to take into consideration the needs of the people for whom they are building. Alexander believes that wholeness and beauty are not vague notions and that buildings should be relevant to their cultural as well as physical landscape...
|Amiri Baraka: poems recorded at UCLA|
Poet Amiri Baraka reads several poems at UCLA: "Raising the Roof", "Wailers", "Linguistics", "Reflections", "Sounding". Recording cuts off mid-poem. Contains sensitive language.
An informal discussion between nine lesbians, all in their early-to-mid-twenties, recorded at an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village and moderated by Charles Hayden (later Randolfe Hayden "Randy" Wicker). The women discuss how one becomes a lesbian, their relationships with their parents, and how they relate to gay and straight men and women. They talk about how the straight world perceives them, comparing lesbian relationships to those of heterosexual and gay male couples, and the di...
|The day after "The Day After"|
WBAI's Rich Schrader interviews actor John Cullum and Admiral Gene La Rocque from the Center for Defense Information about the controversial post-apocalyptic TV movie "The Day After". Schrader expresses his own dissatisfaction with both the film and the post-film roundtable that included Henry Kissinger, William F. Buckley, Jr., Robert McNamara, George P. Shultz and Carl Sagan, among others. Cullum discusses what makes the film resonate with audiences and the pressures placed on the film's produ...
|Grey gardens / Albert Maysles and Ellen Hovde ; interviewed by Charles Ruas and Karen Achenbach.|
Charles Ruas and Karen Achenbach talk to filmmakers Albert Maysles and Ellen Hovde about their documentary Grey Gardens. They talk about the origins of the film and how Maysles came to meet the Beales. They describe living conditions in the Beales' mansion. Maysles discusses the acceptance of eccentricity as a character trait in American society. They talk about their shooting schedule, the Beales' own involvement in the direction of the film, and the relationship between the directors and their...
|An Introduction to Peking opera / produced by Han Kuo-Huang.|
This introduction to Peking opera describes the history of the opera, its instrumentation and orchestration, its costuming and facial paintings, the types of characters, the styles of recitation, the solo singing, and the differences in the types of Peking opera. Han Kuo-Huang, a professor of music history and ethnomusicology at Northern Illinois University, also describes the changes that are happening now to opera in China...
|An introduction to the enemy / Jane Fonda|
Jane Fonda of the Indochina Peace Campaign talks with Paul McIsaac about Haskell Wexler's Introduction to the Enemy, a film she co-produced with Tom Hayden about North Vietnam. Fonda discusses why she set out to make the film and the film's "gentle" approach to the issues it portrays. Fonda talks about the ramifications of the implementation of the Paris Peace Accords for both North and South Vietnam...
|Let's eat: southern hemisphere Olympics|
The Firesign Theatre cover the "Southern Hemisphere Olympics" from Patagonia.
|Big Mama Thornton live at the Museum of Modern Art|
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton and her "Hound Dog Blues Band" perform at the Museum of Modern Art's "Jazz in the Garden" series on July 22, 1971. The first few minutes are of crowd noise, followed by her band warming up. She performs "Black Angel Blues"; "Ball and Chain"; "I Don't Want Nobody But You"(?); "He's Got the Whole World in His Hand"; "Oh Happy Day"; "Down by the Riverside"; "That Lucky Old Sun"; "Good Morning School Girl"; "Tomorrow Night" and "Hound Dog".
|Acid and sociology (part 1 of 2)|
WBAI's Bob Fried leads a panel discussion on how psychedelics, hallucinogenics and other related drugs are treated in contemporary society and on society's view of the use and abuse of said drugs. Panelists are Dr. Donald B. Luria, from the New York County Medical Society Subcommittee on Narcotics; Dr. Ralph Metzner, editor of the Psychedelic Review; and poet Allen Ginsberg. Dr. Luria talks about the rise of opiate addiction in the United States...
|The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh / produced by David Rapkin.|
A dramatic presentation of the personal correspondence of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother, Theo, adapted from The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1958). Produced by David Rapkin, adapted by Bonnie Bellow and Terry Shtob with musical direction by James Irsay. Performed by John Lithgow and Co.
|Freddie Hubbard live at La Bastille.|
Recording of the Freddie Hubbard Quintet performing at the La Bastille nightclub in Houston on November 21, 1973 (2nd set). They perform "Uncle Albert", "Brigitte", "Little Sunflower" and "Keep Your Soul Together."
|Fine and dandy: further adventures with Kay Swift|
Composer Kay Swift (1897 - 1993), the first woman to score a complete musical (1930's Fine and dandy), recounts her life. She talks about her early love of opera and how she was able to break into Broadway. She talks about how she came to collaborate with George and Ira Gershwin and the ballet she composed for George Balanchine, Alma mater, and how she left behind the Broadway life to run away to a ranch in Oregon...
|Progressive architecture : Christopher Alexander / interviewed by Greg Saatkamp (part 2 of 2)|
Christopher Alexander, a world-renowned progressive architect, discusses the directions of contemporary design. In the second half of this program he elaborates on his conception of wholeness. Alexander argues against people conceptualizing themselves as being "mechanisms" inside of a larger sphere. There are objective differences between "good buildings" and "bad buildings" contrary to what architects have been taught...
|"All About Eve" and her sisters|
Al Auster hosts a discussion of recent Hollywood films about women, namely An Unmarried Woman, Julia, and The Turning Point. Panelists include Elizabeth Hess, cultural editor of Seven Days and HERESIES; Marjorie Rosen, film critic for Ms. magazine and author of Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies and the American Dream; and Jan Rosenberg, professor of Women's Studies at Empire State College - Old Westbury and co-organizer of the second Women's International Film Festival...
|Judy Mowatt & the One Vibe Band live at SOB's|
Judy Mowatt (1952 - ), reggae singer and one-time member of the I-Three's and backup singer for Bob Marley and the Wailers, performs live with the One Vibe Band at SOB's (co-presented by WBAI-FM), her first live solo performance in New York City. She performs "Only a woman", "Down in the valley", "Slave queen", "Concrete jungle", "Big woman", "Many are called", "Sister's chant", "One love" (featuring Peter Tosh), "Only a woman", "Hush baby mother", "You don't care", "The first cut", "You're my p...
|Laurie Anderson / interviewed by Susan Sailow|
Opens with music from Anderson's 1979 Cabrillo College Music Festival performance: untitled tape-bow violin performance; Closed Circuits"; "Born, Never Asked"; and "The Language of the Future". Laurie Anderson talks with Susan Sailow about how shaping time is at the core of her art, her studio, electronics and how performing is just like playing at home to her. They discuss the interaction between visual and aural elements of her art...
|A conversation with Rudi Gernreich|
KPFK's Claire Loeb interviews Rudi Gernreich, the terror of the fashion world. He explains why his models carry guns, expresses his sympathy with embattled women, proclaims the end of fashion, and elaborates his views on unisex. He also castigates the coercive practices of the fashion industry, particularly the Press and Women's Wear Daily. Recorded January 18, 1971The recording begins with the song "I've Got Five Dollars" and ends with "Island in the West Indies" both sung by Bobby Short.
|Rita Mae Brown at the Women's Building|
Writer and activist Rita Mae Brown (1944 - ) delivers a speech at the Women's Building in Los Angeles on July 4, 1976. Brown talks about the way both men and women suffer under the patriarchy through pornographic violence and nostalgia in the mass media. She tells the audience that "you've got to become an actor, not a reactor" and that the Equal Rights Amendment is a "worn-out issue" meant to distract from more pressing issues...
|Two women singers / Casse Culver and Willie Tyson|
Casse Culver and Willie Tyson, two lesbian folk singers, perform at an unknown venue. They perform "The Bloods", "Don't Put Her Down", "Truck Drivin' Woman", and "Levee Blues." Extract from a longer performance.
|Mighty Aphrodite press conference / Woody Allen (excerpt)|
WBAI's Paul Wunder asks Woody Allen why there are no black people in his movies at a press conference for Mighty Aphrodite.Excerpt from a longer recording. Full interview published in November 2, 1995 issue of Arts Magazine.
|The Red Star Singers|
An hour of music and talk with the The Red Star Singers, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's best political/anti-war music groups of the early 1970s. Music includes some songs not released widely by the group, and therefore, rarely heard outside the bay area. The members include Gary Lapow, Bonnie Lockhart, Mike Margulis, and Ron Rosenbaum. Lapow speaks about their music, process of creation, and the environment that inspired them...
|"Little" Jimmy Scott and Ruth Brown at the Kennedy Center (part 1 of 2)|
This recording contains a performance by R&B vocalist "Little" Jimmy Scott (1925 - ) at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C. The Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Howell Beagle and Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes introduce Scott and his band. Scott performs "All of Me" (00:07:58), "Time After Time" (00:11:50), "Day by Day" (00:17:53), "Pennies from Heaven" (00:24:31), and "When Did You Leave Heaven?" (00:28:35)...
|A conversation with music / JoAnn Falletta (part 1 of 2)|
KPFK's Jude McGee presents a two-hour special for International Women's Day on women composers in classical music with in-studio guest JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Women's Philharmonic. Falletta talks about the great women composers from the baroque period through to contemporary times and her work with the National Women Composers Resource Center. The Women's Philharmonic plays Ellen Zwilich's "Concerto grosso 1985", Marianna Martines' "Sinfonia in C", Camilla de Rossi's "Il sacrificio del ...
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|Zen mountain center / Richard Baker and Shunryu Suzuki|
Elsa Knight Thompson talks with Richard Baker, president of the San Francisco Zen Center and Shunryu Suzuki (Suzuki Roshi), co-founder of the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Baker talks about the opening of the Zen Mountain Center, of which Suzuki was the head until his death in 1971. Thompson and her guests discuss certain aspects and ideas pertaining to Zen Buddhism, as well as the sense of detachment from modern American culture that leads people to seek out Bu...
|An Interview with Judy Collins / interviewed by Barbara Cady.|
Singer-songwriter Judy Collins discusses her music, her politics and her career with KPFK's Barbara Cady. She talks about her artistic process, her prison reform activism, the emergence of women's music, and firing her manager. She also talks about music venues ripping off audiences with expensive ticket prices.
|Hothead Paisan : homicidal lesbian terrorist / Diane DiMassa|
Diane DiMassa, creator of the cartoon character Hothead Paisan, discusses how her addiction to television and alcohol fueled the development of that character. She talks about how women of color and queer women feel and express rage in ways which are not acceptable to the dominant white culture. She discusses her appreciation of other cartoonists, and the creation of Zine Scene and Hothead's friends...
|June Jordan poetry reading|
Viv Sutherland introduces the second tape from the a reading by writer, professor, and actor June Jordan originally broadcast on Women's Studies in 1980. At the second reading at the "Read It Today" in Washington Heights, Eleanor Ebissert an editor for the literary magazine 13th Moon speaks about Jordan's background. Jordan reads "Problems of Translation: Problems of Language", "The Test of Atlanta", along with several other poems.The first 10 seconds of the recording is bad.
|Laurie Anderson / interviewed by Susan Sailow|
The performance artist discusses literary, technical, and musical aspects of her work. The first part of this episode analyzes the literary aspects of Anderson's work, such as her penchant for funny stories and wordplay. Anderson talks about fellow artist Chris Burden and the elimination of metaphor. She discusses how her artistic approach runs counter to the "California sense of the world." The second part of this episode emphasizes the technical aspects of Anderson's work, such as the instrume...
|Springsteen and 3M|
Joan Greenbaum speaks with Howard Saunders of the Institute for Labor Education and Research about the closing of the tape production 3M factory in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey. They speak about the productivity of the plant, the workers, and the reasons for the closure of the plant.Springsteen's songs "My Hometown" and "Dancing in the Dark" are played throughout the program.